Courts in Iowa
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Iowa's courts include District Courts, the Court of Appeals, and the Iowa Supreme Court. Iowa's 99 counties are divided into 8 districts, each having a District Court that handles the majority of cases, including small claims, juvenile, mental health, violation of city/county ordinance, criminal, probate, domestic relations, and general civil cases. If you appeal a District Court decision in Iowa, it will be reviewed by the Iowa Court of Appeals. The Iowa Supreme Court is the state's highest court and hears appellate court appeals.

If you're seeking information regarding Iowa court records, you can visit, Iowa's online docket record search website. This website provides information including case titles, a list of filings, and child support and fine payments, as well as a copy of the court docket. Additional information, including case schedules, exhibit lists, bonds, and lien indexes is available for an additional $25 monthly charge. Copies of Iowa court documents aren't found on this website. If you're seeking copies of Iowa state court records, you'll need to contact the clerk of court office for the county in which the records are held.
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01, Sep 2014 - Appeals court upholds Montez Caples murder conviction
Iowa's appeals court has upheld the murder conviction of a Waterloo man linked to a 2011 gang-related shooting.
01, Sep 2014 - Pocahontas, IA Texas man charged in Humboldt case
The Iowa Attorney General’s Office announced Monday that it has charged a former Iowa securities agent now living in Texas with the theft of investment money from four Iowa residents.
01, Sep 2014 - Johnson, IA Court broadens scope of death penalty retrial
IOWA CITY (AP) — An appeals court says the death penalty retrial for an Iowa woman convicted of helping kill five people in 1993 will be broader than the trial judge wanted. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that jurors must first decide whether Angela Johnson is eligible for the death penalty, and then whether that should be imposed on each count. The ruling is a victory for ...
01, Sep 2014 - Johnson, IA Police find man with meth-making ingredients at Iowa City apartment
A North Liberty man faces up to 10 years in prison after being found with meth-making ingredients back in April. Members of the Johnson County Drug Task Force served a search warrant at 1257 Slothower Ave. in Iowa City on April 7, according to North Liberty police criminal complaints. Investigators discovered meth labs and ingredients in the residence. The items seized were fingerprinted and ...
01, Sep 2014 - Iowa court upholds conviction of Waterloo man
Iowa's appeals court has upheld the murder conviction of a Waterloo man linked to a 2011 gang-related shooting.
01, Sep 2014 - Solon, IA Solon man pleads guilty in Regina steroid hoax
IOWA CITY — The Solon man behind the Regina steroid hoax has pleaded guilty to harassment and interference with official acts. According to court documents, on Thursday, 44-year-old Daniel L....
01, Sep 2014 - Judge backs ban of Iowa abortion pill system
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa regulators had the authority to ban a video-conferencing system that allows doctors in cities to distribute abortion-inducing pills to women in rural clinics, a Polk County District judge ruled Tuesday. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland had sued the Iowa Board of Medicine, ...
01, Sep 2014 - Wapello, IA If prison walls could talk ...
WAPELLO, Iowa — Bids for the old county jail in Wapello may soon be requested by the Louisa County Board of Supervisors, but some county officials are looking forward to the sale with mixed emotions.
01, Sep 2014 - Appeals court upholds conviction in 2011 Waterloo murder
WATERLOO | The Iowa Court of Appeals has upheld the murder conviction of a Waterloo man who shot a Parkersburg man in the back of the neck as part of a gang dispute in 2011.
01, Sep 2014 - Mason City man sent to mental health facility
MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Mason City man found not guilty by reason of insanity in the stabbing death of his father is being sent to the state's Cherokee Mental Health Institute. On Friday Judge Gregg Rosenbladt ruled that 43-year-old Thomas Barlas Jr. should be sent to ...
01, Sep 2014 - The Daily Reflector
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Before learning his friend was really Ronald Carnes, an armed robber who escaped from a North Carolina prison in 1973, Seattle businessman Carl Bryant knew him as Louie Vance, a trusted worker and confidant whom he had over for holidays and birthdays.
01, Sep 2014 - Floyd, IA Iowa trial delayed again in slaying of 5-year-old
The trial for a 35-year-old man charged with killing 5-year-old Evelyn Miller in 2005 has been delayed again.
31, Aug 2014 - Muscatine, IA Man files appeal on sexual abuse sentence
MUSCATINE, Iowa — A Muscatine man convicted of sexual abuse is appealing his prison sentence. 
31, Aug 2014 - Iowa Supreme Court to hear arguments in 4 cities
The Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in special sessions at four locations across the state during its upcoming term.
31, Aug 2014 - Prime chance in Iowa for potential '16 GOP candidates
The calendar says Iowa's presidential caucuses are more than a year away. But it's never too early for potential GOP presidential candidates in 2016 to court social conservatives in the early-voting state.
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